Fonds F0055 - Lois Kerr fonds.

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Lois Kerr fonds.


  • ca. 1920-1999 (Creation)

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4.2 m of textual records and other material.

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Biographical history

Canadian playwright and journalist Lois Kerr, née Reynolds, was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Educated at the University of Toronto. Died in Vancouver, British Columbia, on December 5, 2001. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian theatre, p. 284.

Archival history

Acquired in several accessions between 1982 and 1999. MsC 275 donated by John R. Kerr in 2002.

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Fonds consists of correspondence; diaries; scrapbooks; photographs and slides; personal and family memorabilia; manuscripts of stage and television plays, skits, lyrics, music, poetry, fiction and prose; playbills, reviews and promotional material relating to various play productions; and miscellaneous material. One small appendix (MsC 275) consists of material relating to Lois Kerr's memorial service and burial: a compact disc recording of a special arrangement of L. Kerr's song "Woods are full of violets" sung and recorded by David Kerr; programme of the service, December 16, 2001; texts of "Words of Remembrance" by L. Kerr's three sons; signatures of guests; and letters of condolence.

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Some items restricted.

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      Text in English.

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      File level inventory available at repository.

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      Accession 475/90.15 interfiled with Accession 447/89.9.

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      Includes ca. 160 photographs, ca. 120 slides and 28 audio cassettes.


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